National / Politics Aug 24, 2015

Abe bemoans visit to disputed isles by Medvedev

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticized the visit by Russia's prime minister to one of the islands disputed by Tokyo and Moscow, but added he "will continue dialogue" with President Vladimir Putin to resolve the issue. "It is extremely regrettable . . . hurting ...

National / Politics Aug 13, 2014

Japan to protest Russia's military drills on disputed islands

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday the government will lodge a protest with Russia over military exercises on an islet chain off Hokkaido at the heart of a territorial dispute. Calling the military exercises on the Northern Territories "totally unacceptable," Abe told reporters in Yamaguchi ...

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

National May 24, 2014

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

A group of 65 people, including former residents of Russian-held islands claimed by Japan off Hokkaido, left the port of Nemuro on Saturday bound for Kunashiri, one of the disputed isles, under a visa-free exchange program. The members, including former Diet lawmaker Muneo Suzuki, a ...

China rise may break Russia impasse: expert

National Oct 4, 2013

China rise may break Russia impasse: expert

by Mizuho Aoki

China's growing economic and military might may pose a threat to Japan, but it also works in Tokyo's favor when it comes to settling a long-standing territorial dispute with Russia, a former high-ranking diplomat told a recent symposium in Tokyo. Kazuhiko Togo, who used to ...